Photo Recap: March

This is the first installment of what will become a monthly post. I will simply use pictures and captions to recap the shenanigans in which I was involved over those 4 weeks. March has come and gone! My Aunt Carol was here for the majority of it living and teaching at my school with me….

A Crash Course in Samoan Cuisine

Samoan cuisine is not world-renowned, nor is it something particularly wowing. It’s charming quality is in its simplicity. Dishes are commonly made from a few hand picked ingredients, which are either boiled or cooked on the “umu.” Every dish can easily be prepared with a minimal amount of kitchenware, or none at all. The majority…

Sei What? 

Sei: a flower worn in the hair or ear  A trend we all recognize is women of all ages decorating their hair with beautiful flowers. This practice has been taking place here in Samoa for as long as anyone can remember. A sei can be worn in several ways and isn’t reserved only for women….

Oh the people you will meet

Samoa is not the best known tourist destination in the world. In order to visit you really have to go out of your way to get to here. On rare occasions I am able to travel around the island. Relaxing and taking in the beauty of Samoa is always great, but I also enjoy meeting…

Same Place, Different Year

Quick notes: I am still running Zumba for the entire school. I was terrified to do so, but I guess I don’t mind shaking my booty for 400 kids anymore. My Aunt Carol who also served in the Peace Corps is coming for a visit soon. She will be here for a month volunteering at…

A Month on the Road

I lay crunched up on a pleather sofa to the sounds of a rather rambunctious duo of ladies closing their tiny restaurant for night. The sounds of a language I couldn’t comprehend echoed off the white walls of the room.  My stomach was in hellish knots from the airline food but I was content in…

Prize giving 

Remember the end of the school year? It concluded on the anticlimactic note of yearbooks being passed out and the day spent accumulating as many signatures as popularity allowed. School comes to an end much different in Samoa. The final weeks of school are spent prepping for the grand finale, Prize giving. This celebration is…

Exploring Upolu

  Samoa is a chain of over 10 islands. It’s most developed, populated, and traveled of these is Upolu. Here you will find multiple resorts and beaches perfect to spend your time relaxing away the days, but if you are looking for a touch of adventure this list is for you. I highly recommend renting…

Music Monday-Christmas Edition 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! I am sure the feast of turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and much more was delightful. Unfortunately, my dinner consisted of munching on canned mackerel, but I was still thankful to be with family. With Thanksgiving behind us and with December fast approaching this can mean only…

Destination Samoa

You are planning your next big adventure. The computer is buzzing as you zoom through possible destinations. Maybe Italy…. Oh! How about Mexico? No, no, no Thailand is the place to go. Let me stop you right there! Why not Samoa? Not Somalia… Samoa. Yes the beautiful country smack dab in the middle of the…

Music Monday – O Oe Lo’u Uo Moni

This series has been dominated by covers of pop songs, but not today. This Monday you get a treat straight from Samoa. O Oe Lo’u Uo Moni is song rich with emotion. Love songs run the show here, so this as you can guess is about love. If you are having a rough start to…

Top 10 Blogging Tips I Have Learned

We often forget how powerful the art of storytelling truly is. For thousands of years knowledge wasn’t passed down by book, but verbally. People would sit in crowds to here an orator share his/her story. Today, the art form has changed, but it is still the same at its core. “You have something quite unique…